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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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97
world-class

1,017 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 1,260
Gots: 193 | FT: 28
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: marburg on 07-27-2003

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a 8 oz glass. Split 4 ways.

A- pours a pinkish, dark amber with very little head and no lacing.

S- raspberries are there but not as overpowering as would of thought. Alcohol, bread, dark fruits, chocolate.

T- light raspberries, booze, spices, some chocolate with medicinal characteristics. Again, the raspberries do not overpower like you would expect.

M- full body and low carbonation. Syrupy and boozy.

O- this is a light raspberry boozy beer with some light chocolate. The medicinal notes reminded of jaeger.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.03/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2004 vintage. Cute bottle, nicely waxed seal. Thanks to BadBeer for the trade.

Pours an oily and thick red-brown with blackberry highlights. Absolutely zero head or carbonation.

Aroma is pungent and complicated. A full range of berries and dark fruit is present. Figs, plums, raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, boysenberries, huckleberries, etc… Quite woody as well with some chocolate and caramel. Unfortunately each of these aromas is quite rotten and completely booze soaked. The alcohol is so strong as to distract and detract form the aromatic experience.

Flavor is bold, full and ridiculously boozey. This is one of the most boozy beers I’ve had for sure. There are plenty of rich dark flavors but it is difficult to focus on them individually as an overriding, connective alcohol presence prohibits careful examination. Raspberry flavor is not as strong as I expected. In fact, it’s pretty weak. Most of the flavor derived from a malty caramel/mocha – rotten plum/molasses booziness. I don’t find it particularly pleasant.

Mouthfeel is much more akin to a syrupy after dinner liquor then a beer. There is no carbonation, but that is to be expected in this aged ABV bomb but further then that, there is very little here to set it apart from the sweet, strong, and syrupy qualities associated with a fruit liquor. It is certainly full bodied, hot, and exceedingly loaded with many flavors but it just doesn’t work for me.

Not very drinkable unless you are in to sweet, syrupy after dinner liquors. I am not.

Photo of Soneast
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of rajendra82
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 2004 release was obtained in a trade with BA CRJMellor, the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock came in a waxed green bottle in an unusual size of 6.3 oz. Scraping off the wax was rather easy with a knife. The beer came out dark red in color, with very fizzy carbonation head like a soda pop. The smell was a blend of chocolate and raspberry, and reminded me very much of gourmet dark chocolate truffles that I sample around Christmas. Taste was very much like reminiscent of those truffles as well, with melted dark chocolate blended with raspberry syrup. Rum, maple syrup, and vanilla, and coffee were some of the other flavors that came to mind while sipping the beer. Alcohol was medicinal, and hops herbal in nature. Aftertaste was peppery sharp, and prevented the beer from getting too sweet. Smooth and slick mouthfeel also advanced the impression of richness. A very unique beer that has little to do with flavors typically associated with other beers, and is closer in flavor profile to a pudding or a cake. Viva le difference!

Photo of FrankHammer
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dkw0063
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2004. 6.3 ounce bottles. Thanks to beerhandy for this treat. In so many ways does this beer remind me of being in Porto, Portugal.

Pours a tawny red. Essentially flat. Yeast at first floats around the glass before mixing in with the beer.

Aroma simply knocked me off the couch. Chocolate dipped raspberries. Choclate fondue. Strawberries. Short cake. Fantastic.

Flavor is more subdued than the aroma. Raspberies and chocolate predominate. Alcohol is perfectly concealed. Also picking out other fruits such as raspberries and cherries. Vinuous port wine qualities.

Lighter body than I imagined. The beer sticks to the tongue and slowly dissolves leaving some slight alcohol heat.

I only have one bottle of this? Who wants to send me more?

Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 Bottle sampled with JCW and Brodie.

Poured a raspbeery color with a small head that diminished quickly with fair lacing.

Pure enjoyable raspberry aroma that lasted even after the liquid was gone.

Medium body with a smooth texture.

Strong raspberry and chocolate flavor with a long finish with no alcohol bite.

A road trip to Warren is being planned.

Photo of AdamP
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of starrdogg
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one, 2007 vintage.

Beer poured a dark reddish brown. The smell was all raspberry and in a very good way, smelled extremely fresh for a beer that's been aged so long, I was worried some of the raspberry would fade. The taste was also very raspberry-forward, but more flavors started to appear as I drank more of it. Thorpe described it as "raspberry tootsie rolls" and I couldn't get that description out of my head because it's spot-on. The chocolate flavors were more subtle than the raspberry, but the combination was excellent, and it wasn't overly sweet. While this beer was extremely drinkable for a beer so high in ABV, I totally understand why it comes in such a tiny bottle. It's a great beer in small quantities, but the sweetness and booziness would probably start to wear on you if you drank too much.

Overall, this was a very impressive and unique beer and I'm quite glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of Chingringo
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TasteTester
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle back in May while in Detroit for my sister's wedding. Been holding it for a special occassion, though I wanted to get some dessert tonight and instead had this. Bottled 2007.

A-Deep brownish purplish red. No lacing and no head. Should have poured in to a snifter.

S-Sweet fruits, though raspberries aren't exactly dominant. Semi-sweet chocolate and bitter alcohol.

T-Raspberries are here! Also the chocolate and alcohol undertones. I would compare the complexity to something like DFH 120.

M-Creamy and smooth. No resiny tackiness. Flavor does linger a little.

D-I wish it came in a bigger bottle. Perfect size for an after dinner treat.

Photo of Tilley4
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to crack this open on Valentine's Day. The wifey had wine while I sipped on this absolute jewel.

Dark ruby-amber color, a bit murky, with small bubbles slowly floating their way to the top.

Smells like a raspberry that has been covered in rich, dark chocolate. Incredible aroma... very sweet and fruity. The smell wafts out of my flute glass and makes me want to sit here and smell this thing over and over...

Huge raspberry sweetness/tartness that is followed up by the slow rolling finish of chocolate. Nice slow alcohol burn on the way down makes this one unbelievable.

This is one remarkably well-brewed beer. I love everything about this beer. Unless I move to Michigan or can find another trade, I probably won't ever have this one again but I can only hope I'm wrong. I would love to always have a bottle of this in the fridge.

Photo of Etan
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml from the recent release into a snifter.

A. Clearish ruby-mahogany body, no head.

S. Perfumy raspberry, mostly sweet but with an acidic edge. Some caramel and molasses notes behind, alcohol.

T. Sweetish raspberry flesh, concentrated caramel, bready malt, sharp booze, some mildly medicinal syrupy notes.

M. Medium-bodied, sticky, no carbonation.

O. This is a bit thinner and boozier than I would have liked. Interesting beer, but not quite up to the hype.

Photo of monitorpop
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of callmemickey
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage. Split with my fiancee with an iced chocolate brownie each.

A: Murky, brackish red-brown... the pour into the first glass has a minuscule fizzy head that quickly died, the second glass had nothing. No lacing.

S: Bright tart raspberries, chocolate, caramel and sweet sugars. Dessert wine-like. Incredibly inviting with layers of all things sweet and desserty.

T: Muted raspberries, chocolate and caramel abound. Surprisingly sour. Very rich, too rich in fact even for the pairing with the chocolate brownie. A bit too concentrated flavor and booze-wise.

M: Smooth, slick, slightly acidic, with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Port-like in weight and feel.

D: This is an interesting beer, and one I am glad I tried... its a bit too profound for me. If it showed a bit more restraint it would move up in my book.

Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.27/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark crimson, ruddy reddish, with a brown lace that rims the glass when swirled, otherwise there is no discernible head

S - big on the caramel and chocolate malts, the rest of the aroma is alcohol and raspberry puree, with the alcohol being more prominent

T - of course i can taste the raspberrys, but its not what i expected. the biggest flavors are alcohol, licorice, and caramel; but its much more than bitter than i expected, tho only chocolate i can taste is at the end, a bit of super-bitter bakers chocolate

M&D - smooth, definitely, to the point of nearly syupy, a bit to bitter to be easy to drink. it definitely got better as it sat. maybe i overhyped this beer, maybe it past, maybe the flight home effected it. well brewed, i need to get another to compare

Photo of ncelauro
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 nip bottle.

A: clear, deep copper color
S: a bit sweet but also hints of tannins, oak, vanilla, very good, not overly cloying
T: I would never have expected this beer to be this good, sweet but well-balanced and good hop bitterness, more vanilla and caramel than raspberry, well done!
M: again, smooth, easy drinking
D: ditto

Photo of vinny21bal
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage poured from a very small bottle to a snifter. The liquid is dark dark reddish orange with very little carbonation. The head does not exist except by force. This takes a lot away from the appearance. Good color however.

The smell keeps knocking me over, It is like a Chocolate Chambord cake. Wow Most excellent.

The taste follows and does not disappoint. Raspberries, chocolate, alcohol. nothing better for desert.

The mouthfeel falls off a bit with the lack of carbonation & the body could be a tad thicker.

The drinkability is great, I would enjoy this beer most of the time easy. I am quite glad I have 2 more left. Thank you NorthernTimber for answering my ISO call to to trade. I really am happy with our trade, thank you and Prosit. Hope to set you on the Woodward Ave cruse some day. MK

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,017 ratings.